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Latin4everyone reported on the first two volumes of the Japanese manga, Thermæ Romæ, by Mari Yamazaki and published in Tokyo by Enterbrain. We found the series is a magnificent collision between ancient Rome and modern Japan.

In case you’ve forgetten, Thermæ Romæ follows a Roman architect named Lucius, who is having trouble coming up with ideas. One day, he discovers a hidden tunnel underneath a spa that leads him to a modern Japanese bath house. Inspired by the innovations found there, he creates his own spa, Roma Thermæ , bringing in the modern ideas to his time.

http://thermaeromae.com/

Volumes III and IV been published but the series has been joined by a website and an animated series.

 Thermæ Romæ III テルマエ・ロマエ III, Tokyo: Enterbrain, 2011 ISBN: 4047272329

http://www.amazon.co.jp/テルマエ・ロマエ-III-ビームコミックス-ヤマザキマリ/dp/4047272329/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1342857767&sr=8-12

 Thermæ Romæ IV テルマエ・ロマエ III, Tokyo: Enterbrain, 2011 ISBN: 4047275158

http://www.amazon.co.jp/テルマエ・ロマエ-IV-ビームコミックス-ヤマザキ-マリ/dp/4047275158/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1342857767&sr=8-8

The six-part animation in Japanese produced by DLE Inc, with English subtitles, is directed by Azuma Tani at Frogman Company, air on Fuji TV and may be purchased here: http://www.dle.jp/en/ or torrented here: http://bakabt.me/details.php?id=164776&page=0. The six-part series appears to be part of promotion for a full-length animated feature. Review here: http://chronicleholic.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/thermae-romae-review/.

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